Jacklighter Gets Jail

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A Pittsville, Md., man will spend 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges of "jacklighting" in District Court of Maryland - Wicomico County on Monday. Robert I. Hill, 45, also plead guilty to carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle.

Mr. Hill's charges stem from a Nov. 4th incident in Pittsville. Maryland Natural Resources Police issued a citation to Mr. Hill for jacklighting (casting rays of artificial light on open fields and woods with an implement capable of killing a deer in possession). This is a "must appear" offense which carries a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or one year in prison. Upon further investigation, a loaded 30-06 rifle was found along the shoulder of the road that Mr. Hill was observed spotlighting deer.

Mr. Hill's hunting privileges were also suspended for five years and his rifle forfeited to the State. He jail sentence will be served on weekends and he must pay a $225 fine.